04/11/2013 SeoulGábor Tompa stages Danton’s Death at Seoul Arts Center
Full-house welcomed theater director Gábor Tompa at the opening performance of ‘Danton’s Death’ on November 3, 2013 at Seoul Arts Center. The name of director Tompa and the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj are well known to the Korean audience, in May 2011 they delivered a unique performance of William Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ at the Korean National Theater.
The original Georg Büchner drama ‘Danton’s Death’ was adapted to a special play with 14 actors only for the South-Korean debut. Rehearsals of the play began on September 16 in András Visky’s adaptation. The set was designed by András Both, costumes by Sohhee Han, the music for the performance was created by Lee Ji-Hye and Park Yun is responsible for the multimedia elements.
The adaptation includes the creation of a special character not existing in the original Büchner drama, the role of the ‘angel of history’ is played by Korean pansori prodigy Jaram Lee.
06/11/2013 SeoulHungarian Defence Minister visits Korea
Hungarian Defence Minister Csaba Hende paid a visit to the South Korean capital Seoul between November 4-6, 2013. The visit is of special diplomatic importance, as Minister Hende is the first Hungarian defense minister who ever visited Korea. Csaba Hende held discussions with his Korean counterparts about the possibilities of deepening cooperation in bilateral affairs and talked about the current security and defense policy issues. The Hungarian Defence Minister has assured his Korean counterparts about Hungary’s consistent support in finding peaceful ways to solve the inter-Korean situation, stop the North-Korean nuclear weapons and missile defense program and support international efforts aiming at the improvement of the inter-Korean dialogue.
08/11/2013 BudapestBudapest Business School signs MOU with Gyeongju University
Sándorné dr. Kriszt Éva, rector of the Budapest Business School welcomed the delegation of Gyeongju University from South Korea headed by president Dr. Soonja Lee on 30 October 2013. The universities have discussed the possible forms of cooperation and signed a MOU to facilitate exchange programs, mainly targeting the fields of tourism, hospitality and media. Both institutions will prepare special programs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hungary-Korea diplomatic relations in 2014.
11/11/2013 DaeguAmbassador Gabor Csaba visits Keimyung University
Ambassador Gabor Csaba paid a visit to Keimyung University on November 7, 2013. Keimyung University, which is the biggest private university of Korea with 25.000 students has connections to major Hungarian higher education institutions, such as the Liszt Academy of Music, Semmelweis University (SOTE) and Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). One professor from the Kodaly Institute of the Liszt Music Academy holds regular seminars on the Kodaly-method in Korea and the head of ELTE Faculty of Chemistry will give lectures at Keimyung University in January 2014.
Keimyung University has a high standard concert hall suitable for opera performances too and a separate museum building. Latter will host the Habsburg exhibition from the Hungarian National Gallery, which will be first shown at the Palace Museum in Seoul and then move to Daegu. The Habsburg exhibition in Daegu will be open to the public from April 1 – June 14, 2013.
12/11/2013 SeoulFood Week Korea 2013
The Embassy of Hungary has participated at the Food Week Korea 2013 event held in Seoul between November 6-9, 2013. The event is the second biggest food fair, 602 companies from 25 countries have presented their products at the fair this year. The Hungarian booth presented a varied scale of products from 10 Hungarian producers (meat products, canned food, sweets, honey, vinegar, etc.).
Korean visitors have shown keen interest for the products of 9 Hungarian companies out of 10 and several potential distributors, some major Korean food retail chains have expressed their willingness to introduce Hungarian products to the Korean market. The Hungarian booth received free participation offer from 3 Korean expo organizers for 2014 including the Seoul Food 2014 expo, which will be the biggest scale food fair in Korea.
The Korean distributor of the Hungarian Pick meat products coupled its promotion activity with food tasting, giving visitors the chance to acquire the real Pick taste at the Hungarian booth. The operation of the Hungarian booth was supported by students from the Hankook University of Foreign Studies and other volunteers from the Hungarian community living in Korea. Thank you all for your precious volunteer work!
Hungarian director wins at Korean filmfestival PISAF 2013
The 15th Puchon International Student Animation Filmfestival was organized with the aim to build a strong launching pad for young and promising new talents in cooperation with the network of major international animation associations. 65 artworks have been selected for the PISAF 2013 competition. Based on the evaluation of the international jury panel and the vote of the internet visitors the animation of Hungarian director Péter Vácz, “Rabbit and deer” was declared as winner of the Korean filmfestival. The work of the young and talented animation director has already won over 30 international awards, in Seoul Péter Vácz and “Rabbit and deer” received the grand award and the audience award. The prizes were symbolically handed over to the representative of the Embassy of Hungary in Seoul.
Péter Vácz: Rabbit and deer
25/11/2013 SeoulAmbassador Gabor Csaba presented his Letter of Credence
Ambassador Gabor Csaba presented his Letter of Credence to Her Excellency Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea on November 22, 2013. After the strictly protocolled ceremony Ambassador Gabor Csaba was invited to a follow-up conversation with President Park Geun-hye, where they have talked about some major aspects of the Hungarian-Korean bilateral relations. President Park recalled the 20th anniversary of the bilateral relations and the positive impressions she received of Hungary during her visit to Budapest in 2009 as presidential envoy.
28/11/2013 CheonanHungarian success at the 7th World Traditional Archery Festival The Hungarian team won five medals at the 7th Traditional Archery World Championships held in Cheonan, South Korea between October 18-23, 2013 with the participation of 236 contestants from 28 countries. In the men's category Szilárd Terman won gold and Ernő Szórády bronze medal. Former junior champion Victoria Keszi who competed the first time in the adult women's category won silver medal. In the junior category Dorottya Bíró won gold, and Donát Posta silver medal; thus the Hungarian team won five out of the 12 potential medals.
The Korean president of WTAF has announced that 4-4 Korean archers showing best performance will travel to Hungary to participate at the 2014 competition organized by MHIT. This act of honour is an acknowledgement of the Hungarian traditional archery sport and raises the existing sports diplomacy relations to a higher level.
In 2014 the Hungarian traditional archery team will participate at the next WTAF championship to be held in Korea following the 2014 Asia Games in Incheon.
29/11/2013 SeoulHungarian Minister of National Economy visits Korea
Hungarian Minister of National Economy, Mihály Varga visited Seoul between 25-27 November 2013 to meet his Korean counterparts. Minister Varga held discussions with representatives of the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF), the governor of the Bank of Korea and the president of the Trade, Industry and Energy Committee of the National Assembly. Mihály Varga also participated in business events organized by the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) and the Association of High Potential Enterprises of Korea (AHPEK), where he informed the leadership of the institutions and their companies about the economic situation in Hungary.
The Hungarian Minister of National Economy held a presentation for 60 Korean businessmen about the Hungarian investment climate. During his business meetings Mihály Varga held discussions with the leadership of Samsung Eletronics, Hankook Tire and the Korea Development Bank (KDB) and gave interview to the columnists of the Korean newspapers Maeil Economic Daily and Money Today.